FOOTBALL HEADS TO PRESBYTERIAN SATURDAY
A LOOK AT THE GAME:
Monmouth comes into today's game with the Blue Hose looking to keep its three-game winning streak alive and remain undefeated in Big South play.
Today is the first road game for Monmouth since Sept. 22, with the Hawks playing three straight at Kessler Stadium with a bye week sandwiched in there back on Oct. 6. Monmouth is looking for its first win at Bailey Memorial Stadium.
The Hawks are coming off a 38-20 win over Campbell last time out; with Monmouth freshman Juwon Farri tying the Hawk record for all-purpose yardage with 263. The freshman has ran for 100+ yards for three consecutive contests and four times in seven games.
With a win today Monmouth Head Coach Kevin Callahan will earn his 150th victory as a head coach - all with the Hawks.
Today is Homecoming at Presbyterian, where the Blue Hose look to improve to 3-1 at home and snap a three-game losing streak.
Today's game can be heard on the Shore Sports Network, with Matt Harmon (pxp) and Brian Sweeney (analyst). THE COACHING MATCHUP: Kevin Callahan is in his 26th season at Monmouth as the Hawks' head coach. Callahan owns a 149-120 career coaching record, all with Monmouth. Coming into the season, Callahan's 149 victories ranks him 10th among active coaches in the Football Championship Subdivision. The only coach in Monmouth history, he has led the Blue & White to five conference championships, in 1996, 1998, 2003, 2004 and 2006 and its first at-large playoff berth in 2017. Callahan has earned conference coach of the year accolades in 1998, 2003 and 2006 and was named as an Eddie Robinson Award finalist in 2017, finishing 10th in the voting. Prior to arriving in West Long Branch, Callahan served as defensive coordinator at Colgate for eight seasons and at Wagner for three years. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Albany (1977-79) and Syracuse (1980) before becoming a Seahawk assistant in 1981. Tommy Spangler begins his eighth year as head coach at PC and second since the 2006 season, after being promoted from defensive coordinator prior to 2017. Under Spangler several Blue hose have earned Big South defensive all-conference honors, including two in 2014 and three in 2015. His defense shut down opponents and led to Blue Hose ranked wins over No. 12 Furman and No. 22 Charleston Southern. Spangler spent 10 seasons at PC the first time around, first as an assistant coach from 1997- 2000 and then as head coach from 2001-06. During his six years as PC's head football coach, Spangler guided the Blue Hose to a 42-24 record - a mark that stands as the highest winning percentage (.571) among the school's 14 head football coaches. He began his first 10 years at Georgia Southern, helping lead the program to a pair of Division I-AA national titles. VIEW THE GAME WITH OTHER HAWKS FANS AT OFFICIAL "WATCH" LOCATIONS If you can't make it out to Princeton, catch Monmouth's game with the Blue Hose on ESPN+, with other Hawks' fans, at one of two official watch party locations. You can catch the game at Jack's Goal Stand in West End, Long Branch and Asbury Ale House in Asbury Park. Both locations will host viewing parties for the remainder of Monmouth's games this season, both home and away. INSIDE THE MU-PC SERIES Fifth Overall Meeting Overall Record: Tied 2-2 West Long Branch: MU 2-0 Clinton, SC: PC 2-0 First Meeting: Oct. 25, 2014 Last Meeting: Nov. 4, 2017 Longest MU Win Streak: 1 gm Longest PC Win Streak: 1 gm Largest MU W Margin: 21 pts Largest PC W Margin: 6 pts Smallest MU W Margin: 5 pts Smallest PC W Margin: 4 pts Shutouts: --- Overtime Games: ---
MONMOUTH AGAINST THE BIG SOUTH CONFERENCE
Since starting up Big South league play in 2014, Monmouth owns an 9-13 conference record.
The Hawks own a 3-1 record against Gardner-Webb, 1-0 against Campbell, 2-2 against PC, 1-3 vs CSU and and 0-3 vs Kennesaw State. Monmouth has yet to face future BSC opponent Northern Alabama.
Monmouth followed up a 0-5 season in '16 in Big South play by going 4-1 in 2017. The Hawks were selected to finish second in the Big South in the Preseason Coaches' Poll.
MU was 0-3 against members of the Big South prior to joining the league, including dropping a home and home series with Coastal Carolina and a non-conference tilt with Liberty.
REGGIE WHITE JR SETS BIG SOUTH RECEPTIONS RECORD After setting the program record for reception yardage last game against Bucknell, Reggie White Jr. set the Big South record for receptions with his 224 career grab. It is the third straight game that he set a receiving record as he is now Monmouth's all-time leader in receptions and reception yardage. White Jr. is 226 yards away from setting the Big South record for receiving yards, set by Liberty's Darrin Peterson. After going the first four weeks of the season without a touchdown reception he has four in the last three games.
JUWON FARRI TIES MONMOUTH APY RECORD Juwon Farri, a three-time Freshman of the Week honoree, earned his first Offensive Player of the Week award after tying the school record for all-purpose yards with 263 in Monmouth's win over Campbell. Making his second career start, Farri rushed for 239 yards, nine short of setting the school record. Farri found the endzone twice in the game, once from a yard out and once from 24. Farri averaged 10.9 yards per rush in the contest, with a long of 60. He also caught a pair of passes with a long of 25 in the win. The freshman, who has only started two games for the Blue & White, currently leads the Big South in rushing and has had four 100+ yard performances in seven career contests. He was named STATS FCS National Freshman of the Week for his effort.
GOING FOR 2 (HUNDRED) Monmouth has had an individual rush for more than 200 yards in a game twice this season - Pete Guerriero in Week 2 (209 vs. Hampton) and Juwon Farri this past Saturday (239 vs.Campbell). The Hawks are the first Big South team to have two individuals with 200-yard rushing performances in the same year since Stony Brook in 2008. (c/o Big South Weekly Report).
DID YOU KNOW? Monmouth defensive back Justin Terry set a school and a conference record with his seven pass breakups against Campbell last week. Four of his pass breakups came on third down with three of them forcing Camel punts. Monmouth had 12 total pass breakups in the game which tied the Big South single game record.
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